Paul Merson makes surprising Chelsea prediction against Manchester United

Paul Merson believes that Chelsea will bounce back from their embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Man City by knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup.

The Blues were thumped by Pep Guardiola’s side as pressure builds on manager Maurizio Sarri following a disappointing start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea secured a 2-1 success at Malmo on Thursday night in the Europa League and Merson expects that Sarri’s team will be back to their best against United.

Writing for Sky Sports, he explained: “United were brought back down to earth by Paris Saint-Germain the other day.

“It’s a hard game. Its one of those where I think Chelsea will win this. I think that Champions League loss will knock Man Utd sideways.

“They will miss Jesse Lingard, he’s a bit of an unsung hero for them. When he went off against PSG that was it then. The players that are coming in like Alexis Sanchez have flopped.

“It’s a massive game for both of them. Man Utd are now are under pressure after their first-leg loss to PSG in the Champions League.

“Their season could go up in flames in a week because if they get beat here they are out of the FA Cup and are facing an uphill task to stay in the Champions League.

“This period for me is when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to get the job or not.”

Merson has predicted a 2-1 win for the Blues.

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